Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Clerk of the August House to declare Sheema North seat vacant so that election can be organised after. Dr Elioda Tumwesigye decided to represent Sheema Municipality.

Speaking in plenary, Kadaga said she received Minister for Science and Technology Dr Elioda Tumwesigye’s resignation letter for Sheema North parliamentary seat after winning of six candidates in a hotly contested Sheema Municipality MP elections that occurred last month.

Under the guidance of Clerk to parliament, Tumwesigye swore to bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

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“I welcome you to your usual Parliament but in a different capacity; although you are a Member of Cabinet you are still a Member of this House. I hand you the constitution and Rules of Procedure to guide you do your duties,” Kadaga said.

Sheema is one of the municipalities created in 2015, three newly elected members representing the Apac, Ibanda and Nebbi municipalities took oath on 08 August 2018.

Since there was no law curtailing sitting MP from standing in the newly created constituencies demarcated from current area they represent, Dr. Tumwesigye decided to move from Sheema North to Sheema Municipality and is the first MP to contest for another parliamentary seat without resigning his role as a legislator.